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Mrs. Mavis Monroe is a seasoned 4th grade teacher, but this year seemed pretty tough so far. With four students on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), Mavis felt overwhelmed with the amount of time she spent collaborating with the other fourth grade teachers and the special education staff for individual students.

Mavis discussed her feelings with a colleague, Kyra Jensen, after school one day. "Our fourth grade splits up for science class. This means that I have to make sure the other 4th grade teachers that have my students for science know all about the testing and teaching modifications and accommodations that each of my students with an IEP requires. Not to mention that I need the same information for the students I'll be teaching! It all seems like so much!" "I know what you mean," Kyra replied, "but there have been some great instructional practices that are very effective in that type of situation." "Really?" Mavis asked. "Tell me more!"

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